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Members are throwing money on the table in a vain effort to figure out what part of the tab is theirs, and this is when Dinny poses the 'Question of the Week' for the second week in a row.

I mean, I sidestepped this question last week and here it is back again, to haunt me. I didn't know the answer last week and I don't know it now, so she lets me off the hook a bit by posing a new 'Question of the Week.'

Let's go back to the first question. You should know that France is pretty modern these days, and some toiletsphoto: other half group of the week here have some push-button thing that when you push the button a sleeve of clear, totally unused and antiseptic plastic zips out of the toilet from somewhere and surrounds the toilet seat, making it neat, safe and clean to sit on.

The other half of the 'Group Photo of the Week' shows some members equally unclearly.

Dinny wants me to find out how a user can tell if these things work. She thinks I should go downstairs to the 'Dames' and mark the plastic sleeve cover with a 'X' and push the button. If the 'X' comes around again, well...

The 'Hommes' downstairs at Le Café Lodi does not have any such thing like this. I do not have anything to 'mark' anything with either. In fact the 'Hommes' has a very low ceiling, and anybody taller than one-metre-fifty should go elsewhere.

The second question for which I have no answer, is why do men in Paris 'go elsewhere,' usually in public places that are not underground in Le Café Lodi or other special underground places that are properly fitted out for the purpose.

Joanne overhears this question and supplies the answer, "Because they are Euro-peen!"

Next week, I think I will skip the 'Question of the Week' entirely.

Some Vital Dates - Paris' Winter Sales 2002

Here is good news for you if you arrive long before the Winter Sales begin on Wednesday, 9. January early next year.

All of Paris' 'grands magazins' will be open on the Sundays of 8, 16 and 23. in December. They are also tying to fit in one more Sunday - either the 25. November or the 2. December - but they may be forced to conform to the last three Sundays already permitted, because all other stores in Paris will be open on these Sundays too.

As for the Winter Sales, these will continue until Saturday, 16. February 2002, when 'spring shopping' starts.

Another Vital Date - the Club Meeting In Manhattan

No details have been worked out for this, but it will be held on Thursday, 27. December. All club members in the New York area of the United States will be receiving emails inviting them to this extraordinary club meeting, and asking them to suggest to the club's secretary where it should be held.

It is also highly possible that the Café Metropole Club's regular meeting in Paris on Thursday, 27. December will take place simultaneously - both 27. Decembers are on Thursdays - by being hosted by a long-time club member.

La Corona's Renovation

The club's 'home' café meeting location is the café La Corona, which is currently being renovated. While this goes on, the meeting place has temporarily moved to Le Café Lodi.

To-become members and signed-in club members may find La Corona re-opening for meetings - possibly as soon as Thursday, 6. December. Watch this space for the definitive date.

Temporary Location, Vital Dates

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club, on Thursday, 29. November, will be held in Le Café Lodi. Future club meetings will also be at the Cafe Lodi, on Thursday, 29. November and possibly on 6. and 13. December.

Le Café Lodi is located at 24. Quai du Louvre. It is about 43 or 62 metres away from La Corona, towards the Pont Neuf, next to the second souvenir shop, next to the pet shop.

After La Corona's renovation, the first meeting to be held in the regular and by now hallowed club's café will be on Thursday, 6 or 13 or 20. December.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out some other stuff about this club if you really feel you must - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which also explains exactly where to find the club in Paris - usually - and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to find out that you can become a member of this online magazine's free club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting. You can safely ignore all of the club's expired 'rules,' because they have been abolished. They were abolished because 'no rules' is the club 'rule' now.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 29. November, which is on a Thursday again. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Saturnin, which is not any kind of a holiday in France.

The following day will be an ordinary Friday, called Saint-André's Day. If you like Fridays, make the most of it - there will only be 5 more of them this year.

Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and zip along to 17:00 in Europe's Central Europeanphoto: members sandwich of the week Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'ULULT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without numerical 24-hour time.

Although this photo is called the 'Sandwich of the Week' it is not the 'Food of the Week.'

The club's secretary, known as 'Ed' occasionally, will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting. This is strictly a regular club routine - not a 'rule!' This will explain why some of this week's notes ended up skipping two pages.

Be sure to have a new 'Quote of the Week' ready or come with your own 'City of the Week' if it is a new one, or even drag along any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' are ineligible.

Your comments, casual or deliberate, will be eagerly received by the other members present, if they happen to overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read them.

The club's temporary location-café is:

Le Café Lodi
24. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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